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Régates Royales – Trophée Panerai 2011: Sailing yacht Nan, S/Y Moonbeam IV, Arcadia, Léonore and Classic yacht Shamrock V win

September 25, 2011

The Régates Royales last and decisive event of the 2011 Panerai Trophy ended today in Cannes. Due to the extremely light easterly wind on the bay of La Napoule organizers had no choice but to abandon racing and the eye-catching traditional yachts had their final “red carpet” coming back to the old port. Sailing yacht Nan, S/Y Moonbeam IV, Arcadia, Léonore and Classic Yacht Shamrock V win in their respective classes

Régates Royales – Trophée Panerai 2011: Au revoir Cannes, see you next year! - Photo Alexis Courcoux

Régates Royales – Trophée Panerai 2011: Au revoir Cannes, see you next year! - Photo Alexis Courcoux

The “autumn festival” came to an end today with no wind and no racing. After exceptional weather conditions on the first two days, with the 68 classic yachts battling in a south-westerly wind topping 20 knots, lighter airs on the following days, the wind gods were not on the sailors’ side for the shutdown of the Régates Royales. Still, the 33rd edition of event with its stunning scenario, the excellent organization by Yacht Club de Cannes, world famous sailors coming from all over the world, was a huge success.

After four races it was the fore and aft cutter Nan of Fife to get on the first step of the podium f the classic gaffers, second place went to Italy’s Bona Fide the Charles Sibbick’s design that won the last two races in real time and bronze to ever consistent Avel tied at points.

In the Big Boat division, Moonbeam IV, Moonbeam III and Mariquita were also tied at points but, thanks to a win in the last race Moonbeam IV, the youngest of the Fife’s designs, was crowned 2011 champion. Mariska and Cambria follow, distanced by a mere two points. The biggest yacht competing at the Régates Royales de Cannes, sailing yacht Elena the 55 metre long fore and aft gaff schooner designed by Nathanaël Herreshoff finished seventh.

Among the nine Classics it was Arcadia, dating back to 1968 to score two wins that place her on the highest step of the podium followed closely by Sagittarius (Sparkman & Stephens 1971), White Dolphin (Beltrami 1967) and Stella Polare, the ketch representing the Italian Navy

Nothing and none seem able to stop Graham Walker’s Flying Forty Rowdy. Once more the British flagged boat is the winner in Cannes in the Classic Marconi class of more than 15 metres, the most crowded division with seventeen competitors. Light wind or strong breeze, the 1916 Nathanaël Herreshoff ‘s one-design won three races out of four. Only The Blue Peter could have opposed to this supremacy, but the 1930 Alfred Mylne’s designed boat had to do with a second place whilst  L’Oiseau de Feu, the 1937 Camper & Nicholson finished third.

Léonore’s score in Cannes was impressive, the John Anker’s design simply won all the four races in the Classic Marconi of less than 15 metres division triumphing over the 1937 Nicholas Potter designed Cholita and Anne-Sophie. Among the Spirit of Tradition, the newly arrived Lionheart, the gigantic J Class could not manage to beat Shamrock V. Despite two victories the yacht designed by Burgess and Stephens in 1937 and launched last year, was undoubtedly faster on the water when the wind was over ten knots but could not keep Shamrock V’s pace in lighter wind. The third place, in the 14 boats strong class, went to the “little” Jessie the Tofinou designed by Joubert-Nivelt in 2005.

Régates Royales – Trophée Panerai 2011: Italy’s Giuseppe Duca wins in the Dragon class

September 25, 2011

Wind was not on the Dragon crews’ side this Friday for the last and decisive rendez-vous. A light and flimsly air, not enough to have the boats moving, forced the Committee to calli it a day and send the 58 strong fleet back ashore. The final ranking has then been decided taking into consideration the six races sailed since Tuesday. Italian Giuseppe Duca on Cloud wins his first title at the Régates Royales.

A coastal race for the classic yachts, in very light and flimsy winds and Bona Fide wins again…

Régates Royales – Trophée Panerai 2011 Italy’s Giuseppe Duca wins in the Dragon class - Photo Alexis Courcoux

Régates Royales – Trophée Panerai 2011 Italy’s Giuseppe Duca wins in the Dragon class - Photo Alexis Courcoux

Good breeze on the first two days, light air on the third and not enough wind on the fourth: the 58 Dragons participating to the Régates Royales – Trophée Panerai profited from excellent conditions for the event opening, and namely the Irish crew skippered Martin Byrne on Jaguar-Bear who scored two wins whils race favourite and 2010 champion Anatoly Loginov from Russia on Annapurna, did not show the same consistency and strength he’s known for.

Still, it’s on the second day that the ranking becomes more definite as the Danish class master Poul-Richard Hoj-Jensen on Danish Blue bounced back as did Italian Giuseppe Duca on Cloud, despite a a black flag disqualification on race 3.  And, Thursday, when just one race could be sailed due to the extremely light wind, the skipper from Venice together with French sailors Jean-Sébastien Ponce and Guillaume Bérenger scored a win that proved to be crucial to obtain is first ever title at the Régates Royales. Danish Blue’s skipper and multiple Olympic medallist Poul-Richard Hoj-Jensen with Theis Palm and Mick Jensen  jumps on the second step of the podium, whilst Russians Anatoly Loginov, Andrey Kirilyuk and Alexander Shalagin on Annapurna are distanced by a single point and finish third.

Dubliner Martin Byrne, with Brian Mathews and Pedro Andrade on Jaguar-Bear who started the series brilliantly, had a bad second day and slipped back in fourth. Interestingly enough on a total of six races, victory went to five different crews:  Martin Byrne, British Ivan Bradbury on Blue Haze, French Joseph Varoqui on Rusalka, Danish Peter Warrer on Lil and Giuseppe Duca. And in the top ten spots of the overall ranking no less than eight countries are represented: Italy, the UK, Russia, Ireland, Denmark, Germany, France and Finland.

A short coastal race for the classics

A very light south-westerly, never stronger than eight knots, allowed the 68 boat strong fleet to race on a short coastal course on the bay of La Napoule. As it happened yesterday, it was the smaller and lighter boats to profit from the situation, moving more swiftly in the patchy puffs of wind. Once again it was Giuseppe Giordano’s gaff cutter Bona Fide to lead the fleet and cross in first with an even larger margin than yesterday, over thirty minutes ahead of her competitors.

A presidential yacht at the Régates Royales

Sailing yacht Manitou, once owned by US President John Fitzgerald Kennedy, built in 1937 by shipyard Davis & Son, designed by Sparkman & Stephens - Photo Alexis Courcoux

Sailing yacht Manitou, once owned by US President John Fitzgerald Kennedy, built in 1937 by shipyard Davis & Son, designed by Sparkman & Stephens - Photo Alexis Courcoux

Manitou, the yacht once owned by US President John Fitzgerald Kennedy was built in 1937 by shipyard Davis & Son in Maryland and designed by the world-famous couple of architects Sparkman & Stephens. The 62 feet long yawl later passed in the hands of the American Coast Guard in 1955. JFK had the boat equipped with all the communication instruments needed to be in constant contact with his staff and the Pentagon, or the Kremlin, and used to call her his “Floating White House”. Manitou was often seen sailing in Chesapeake Bay with the President and his family, and was sometimes used as a very discreet place to receive and discuss with fellow politicians and celebrities. Five years after JFK’s assassination the boat was sold to Harry Lundeberg’s Maritime School. Aristotele Onassis will unsuccessfully try twice to buy her out before marrying Jackie Kennedy in October 1968. The boat was sold in 1999 to the original owner’s granddaughter and sold again in 2001. Manitou debuted in Cannes for the Régates Royales – Trophée Panerai in 2011, with her new owners Philippe and Phil Jordan.

America’s Cup dazzles at the 2011 Monaco Yacht Show

September 23, 2011

Following a successful America’s Cup World Series in Plymouth, the America’s Cup trophy is in Monaco this week to be part of three events during the Monaco Yacht Show. The stunning backdrop of Monte Carlo is the setting for Superyacht owners, captains, brokers, designers, media and other industry leaders during the annual yacht show.

America's Cup Dazzles in Monaco -  Photo Credit Franck Terlin

America's Cup Dazzles in Monaco - Photo Credit Franck Terlin

Iain Murray, Regatta Director for the 34th America’s Cup, Craig Thompson, CEO America’s Cup Event Authority and Paul Cayard, CEO Artemis Racing headlined an America’s Cup presentation last night at the Yacht Club de Monaco. Golden Gate Yacht Club’s Vice Commodore Tom Ehman was the Master of Ceremonies for the full house of almost 200 persons. China Team CEO Thierry Barot was on hand for the America’s Cup program.

The America’s Cup was also in focus at this morning’s Southern Spars breakfast and will be displayed at the Fraser Yachts captains’ dinner at the Yacht Club de Monaco this evening.

Southern Spars through North Technology Group (NTG) is part of America’ Cup Race Management’s shared design program developing a baseline AC72 design for America’s Cup teams.  NTG is developing wing technology for ACRM.

America's Cup Dazzles at Monaco Yacht Show -  Photo Credit Franck Terlin

America's Cup Dazzles at Monaco Yacht Show - Photo Credit Franck Terlin

The dockside buzz focused on the recent AC World Series in Plymouth and the exciting racing there and the ongoing transformation of the America’s Cup. The dramatic images of the international AC45 fleet pushing the limits — all within shouting distance of the over 100,000 fans who lined the Plymouth waterfront – had the audience here enthralled.

“This is stadium sailing,” said Thompson. “Jimmy Spithill told me for the first time in his life he heard the roar of the crowd when racing.” Spithill had a remarkable near-capsize in front of the crowds lining the Plymouth’s Hoe and the crowd’s reaction could be heard on the race course.

Cayard noted the new challenge for the sailors with the fast and physical wing-sailed catamarans. “It’s a big challenge for all the teams to change their skill sets. With the wing, it’s a whole new thing.”

With the goal of a television product that will cover the sport from the inside out, the America’s Cup is being delivered to new audiences. China Team’s Barot said China is new to sailing and new fans are getting on board as more and more of the dramatic racing images are seen in China.

“What’s happening today is a dream for all of us for the last 30 years and now the dream is happening.”

The next stop for the America’s Cup World Series is San Diego, where racing runs November 12-20

Régates Royales – Trophée Panerai 2011: Light Winds on Day 3 in Cannes

September 22, 2011

The light easterly wind put at test the crews’, and especially the tacticians’ ability on day 3 of the Régates Royales – Trophée Panerai in the sun bathed bay of La Napoule. The race committee was forced to wait until the early afternoon hours to fire the start signal for the classic yachts. Two races for the Dragon fleet, where three boats are tight at the top and everything will be decided tomorrow…

Régates Royales – Trophée Panerai 2011 Light Winds on Day 3 in Cannes - Credit Alexis Courcoux  Régates Royales – Trophée Panerai

Régates Royales – Trophée Panerai 2011 Light Winds on Day 3 in Cannes - Credit Alexis Courcoux Régates Royales – Trophée Panerai

Veering from south-westerly to easterly the wind has decidedly died down on the Bay of Cannes, only seven or eight knots for the start. The 68 boats had then to take multiple tack to reach the first mark just in front of the Lérins Islands and as many spinnaker gybes to get to the downwind mark at Esquillon.

The shifty, light air going lighter and lighter as the boats were approaching the pointe de l’Aiguille creating an enormous traffic jam. The smaller boats had the best of the situation, being more at ease in the flimsy wind. As it was the case of Bona Fide, winner of the Traditional Yacht prize in 2010, that crossed the line with more than half an hour lead on her adversaries. Built in 1899 by Albert Yard in Cowes and designed by Charles Sibbick, this gaff cutter created for the so called Godinet rule, won no less than eighteen races in the Mediterranean before taking part to the Olympic Games in Paris. In the “Five Tonners” division, Bona Fide took the gold medal flying a UK flag. After having sailed for many years on Italy’s Lake Como, the boat was left in a state of complete neglect and only saved after four decades by American architect Doug Peterson. Bona Fide passed in the care of owner Giuseppe Giordano who completely restored her, with the help of craftsman Carlo Terramoca, and was re-launched in 2003.

Régates Royales – Trophée Panerai 2011 - Copyright Alexis Courcoux  Régates Royales – Trophée Panerai

Régates Royales – Trophée Panerai 2011 - Copyright Alexis Courcoux Régates Royales – Trophée Panerai

Battle of the Dragons, tomorrow’s the day.

One day to the finish and the Dragon overall ranking is tighter than ever. After two more races today the higher step of the podium is occupied by two crews tied at points and the third is only one point down, at 26 and 27 respectively. Italy’s Giuseppe Duca on Cloud with a sixth and a win has joined Poul Richard Hoi Jensen on Danish Blue who scored a 15th and a 5th, the pair now lead on reigning champion Anatoly Longinov on Annapurna, but the fourth placed Irish Martin Byrne on Jaguar Bear at 28 is not far away (17/6 today) and no doubt will try and fire his best bullets on the final day. British Ivan Bradbury on Blue Haze went up a place, and is now 5th at 37 points. Unfortunately HRH Prince Heinrik of Denmark on White Lady did not have his best score so far (13/26) and slipped back in 9th in the overall standings. Hopefully the weather conditions will be on the organizers and sailors’ side tomorrow for the final and decisive races that will crown the 2011 Régates Royales champion.

HRH the Prince Henrik of Denmark is participating to the Régates Royales – Trophée Panerai on his Dragon White Lady (DEN 166) Copyright Alexis Courcoux  Régates Royales – Trophée Panerai

HRH the Prince Henrik of Denmark is participating to the Régates Royales – Trophée Panerai on his Dragon White Lady (DEN 166) Copyright Alexis Courcoux Régates Royales – Trophée Panerai

A Prince at the Royales

HRH the Prince Henrik of Denmark is participating to the Régates Royales – Trophée Panerai on his Dragon White Lady (DEN 166) and agreed to give us an exclusive interview.

Who introduced you to the Dragon class?

“I used to sail another kind of boat, the Klar some forty years ago. I switched to the Dragon when the boat ceased to be an Olympic class, because the races were almost completely in the hands of professional sailors. I then launched the Dragons in my country, it was 1981…”

Is sailing a traditional sport in Denmark?

“Oh yes, Denmark is a sailors’ country because we’re surrounded by the sea. Our maritime tradition dates back a long time and we have very good racing sailors too. Danish athletes do often well at the Olympics, suffice to remember Paul Elvstrom with his four gold medals or Poul-Richard Hol-Jensen, who won three medals, two golds and a silver.”

The Régates Royales owe their name to the king of Denmark.

“King Christian X of Denmark in the thirties used to own a villa in Cannes where the royal family spent their holidays, he sailed in the Bay onboard Dana, the 6MI owned by Madame V.G. Graae. Together with the local authorities, the Société des Régates de Cannes and the International Yacht Club asked the king permission to call “Régates Royales” the week long series organized in 1929.”

Have you been involved in the renaissance of the Régates Royales?

“When I came back to Cannes I was racing on a 6MI, then I started sailing on a Dragon and when the authorities asked if I would agree to call the event Régates Royales, I definitely replied yes!”

Is sailing a family tradition for you?

“No, not really since Christian X, but King Carlos of Spain is a keen sailor and my brother-in-law, Constantinthe King of Greece has won a gold in Rome 1960 on a Dragon.”

Do you participate to many events with your Dragon?

“When I have free time, the last time I was here in Cannes was five years ago, but I think I’ve taken part at least ten times to the Régates Royales. I believe this will be the last at the helm, because I have a certain age: It’s becoming tiring, but I love it so much!”

Régates Royales 2011: Sun shines on Day 2 in Cannes

September 22, 2011

The stunning bay of La Napoule provided the competitors with great sailing conditions, ideal for close, fast racing. Under blue skies, in bright sun and good breeze the sixty-eight classic yachts and fifty-eight Dragons completed the second day of the Régates Royales, final and decisive event of the Panerai Trophy 2011.

Régates Royales 2011 Sun shines on Day 2 in Cannes - Copyright Alexis Courcoux Régates Royales – Trophée Panerai

Régates Royales 2011 Sun shines on Day 2 in Cannes - Copyright Alexis Courcoux Régates Royales – Trophée Panerai

The Big Boats sailing past the Lérins Islands stole everyone’s attention once more, the magnificent high masts and immense sails making spectators and photographers happy. The 20 mile long coastal race was won by Moonbeam of Fife III followed by Moonbeam IV, the couple are still on top of the provisional ranking at 4 and 6 points respectively while James Thom’s Mariquita coming in fourth is tied at points in third place. Among the big gaffers Nan of Fife scored another first that keep her on top with 2 points, British flagged Avel scored another second and is following at 4 and, thanks to a fourth today the third provisional place is occupied by Oriole. Among the nine Classics Arcadia is in the lead by a little point on White Dolphin and four on Italian Navy’s Stella Polare. In the big Marconi class, the reigning champion Rowdy left the first step of the provisional podium because of a fourth, and is now tied at points with Havsornen at 5, the top spot going to The Blue Peter that scored two second places. Among the smaller Marconi Leonore got a clean score and leads with 2 points, but Cholita is still in her tracks at 4 and Anne Sophie is third at 6 points. Irish flagged Shamrock is securely leading the Spirit of Tradition class with two wins, second placed are Gaulois and the modern J Class Lionheart at 5 points.

The Russians bounce back

The 58 boat strong Dragon fleet had two more windward/leeward races today. Day 2 marked the comeback of reigning champion Anatoly Longinov on Annapurna. With a twelfth and a second, the Russian skipper managed to keep his competitors at bay and jump on top of the provisional ranking with 36 points. Ever consistent Poul Richard Hoi Jensen on Danish Blue, scoring a third and a 15th is now second on the overall scoreboard distanced by only one point whilst luck was not to Martin Byrne’s side today: the Irish helmsman could not keep up to the excellent result of the opening day with a 29th and a 17th that make his Jaguar Bear slip back to third in the ranking with 22 points. Italian Giuseppe Duca on Cloud, with a second and a sixth, and having discarded a black flag disqualification he got yesterday, is now fourth and still close to the top trio. HRH Prince Heinrik of Denmark on White Lady is now fifth in the overall standing at 26 points and British Ivan Bradbury on Blue Haze sixth a 33 points.

Phoebus II, fast from the lake…

In 1892 French designer Auguste Godinet conceived an original and experimental new rule, offering an alternative to the traditional V-shaped hulls and fin-keeled and bulb-keeled boats. As the former are theoretically more seafaring, more powerful upwind, but heavy and less spacious, the latter are beamer, flatter and subsequently faster downwind but less safe. Considering the real hull shape, by measuring the “offset”, decreasing the stem to half the hull length, Godinet managed to make the new boats less extreme, more harmonious and sufficiently stable.

Poil-de-Carotte, built by Emile Belly and Auguste Godinet himself was the first of the eleven produced “Three Tonners”, they were pretty different from one another and designed by well known architects like Guédon, de Cactus, Herreshoff or Costaguta. Calypso (Guédon) was also a heavy displacement boat with a V-shaped hull contrary to Poil-de-Carotte (Godinet), a lighter, shorter but also faster boat. Phoebus II is a replica of the original Poil de Carotte launched in 1903. She has been built as an identical copy in 1991 using the hull of Phoebus that was in such a bad state that it was impossible to give her a second life.  Phoebus II has taken part to several Bol d’Or races on Lake Geneva since 1992, was also present to the classic yachts events in Brest (92-96-2000) and Gironde in 1996.

Superyacht Cup Double for 2012 Olympic Year – Superyacht Cup Palma and Superyacht Cup Cowes, UK

September 21, 2011

Organisers of the Superyacht Cup regattas are pleased to confirm dates for two editions of the popular Superyacht Cup Regatta they will host next year including the first ever Superyacht Cup in Cowes, UK.

Aerial view of the famous Needles, Isle of Wight – Image Credit Rick Tomlinson

Aerial view of the famous Needles, Isle of Wight – Image Credit Rick Tomlinson

The 16th edition of the Superyacht Cup Palma will take place in the traditional venue of Palma, Mallorca from 20-23 June, 2012. Popular with owners, guests, captains and crew, the Palma regatta is open to a maximum of 30 superyachts in the central location at Muelle Viejo surrounded by the spectacular sailing conditions in the Bay of Palma.

One month later, owners are invited to participate in a special edition Superyacht Cup Cowes 2012 to take place in the waters of the Solent, UK from 22-25 July, 2012. Organised in association with the prestigious Royal Yacht Squadron, the event will offer owners and guests a unique experience of sailing in the Solent and around the Isle of Wight, the course made famous by the first America’s Cup in 1851 (then called the Hundred Guinea Cup).

Several yachts have already registered for the Cowes regatta including the impressive Hoek design SY Athos (62m), the Pendennis built SY Adela (55m), the Dubois designed Sailing Yacht Bliss (38m), and this years Superyacht Cup Palma winner SY Drumfire (24m). Other entrants to date are SY Heartbeat (24m), SY Savannah (27m), and the maxi superyacht Mari Cha III (45m).

ORACLE Racing Spithill win AC Plymouth Fleet Racing Championship

September 19, 2011

Spithill and crew thrived to win treacherous Fleet Racing Championship as capsizes and collisions mark the final day in Plymouth. Crowds on Plymouth Hoe were treated to thrills and spills, capsizes and collisions, as the America’s Cup World Series raced to a dramatic conclusion on Sunday.

ORACLE Racing Spithill won the Plymouth Fleet Racing Championship after an action-packed final day of the America’s Cup World Series in south-west England.

ORACLE Racing Spithill win AC Plymouth Fleet Racing Championship © 2011 ACEARicardo Pinto

ORACLE Racing Spithill win AC Plymouth Fleet Racing Championship © 2011 ACEARicardo Pinto

James Spithill made amends for a lackluster Match Race Championship with an emphatic victory in today’s winner-takes-all race in the fleet racing. “It’s redemption after the match racing,” said Spithill, who seemed unfazed by the breeze that bulleted across the course. With winds gusting up to 30 knots (55 km/h / 35 mph), merely avoiding a capsize or a collision was a major challenge but Spithill commented: “I still think we had a bit left in the tank to be honest. The puffiness and change in direction made it challenging, but what a fun race!”

Other sailors might have a different perspective on today. In the anxious minutes leading up to the start, Energy Team capsized trying to avoid Team Korea, although Loick Peyron’s crew managed to get the boat upright very quickly and rejoin the race. Moments later there was a dramatic collision with Artemis Racing riding up over the back of Green Comm Racing, with the skipper Vasilij Zbogar falling off the back of the Spanish boat and suffering a minor injury to his hand. With their boat damaged in the collision, Green Comm retired without crossing the start line.

America's Cup World Series in Plymouth day 9 © 2011 ACEA Gilles Martin-Raget

America's Cup World Series in Plymouth day 9 © 2011 ACEA Gilles Martin-Raget

“Vasco (Vasilij Zbogar) and the entire crew are doing well, nobody has been seriously hurt and we will try to be back on the water as soon as possible,” said team Executive Chairman Francesco de Leo.

Steering clear of trouble in the pre-start, the two ORACLE Racing boats and Emirates Team New Zealand burst off the start line with other teams following behind. At the first mark China Team capsized but got up and running again. In fact when Artemis capsized later in the race, Charlie Ogletree’s Chinese team moved past and managed to cross the finish line 9 minutes and 54 seconds after the winner, just six seconds inside the finishing time limit. A great result for China Team, and a great result for Aleph who moved past Team Korea in the closing stages of the race to take 4th across the line.

America's Cup World Series in Plymouth day 9 © 2011 ACEA Gilles Martin-Raget

America's Cup World Series in Plymouth day 9 © 2011 ACEA Gilles Martin-Raget

With boats touching speeds in excess of 50km/h, it was a wild ride, and while the Kiwis battled hard with the two ORACLE boats, Spithill moved clear on the final lap and Dean Barker had to satisfy himself with 2nd place ahead of Russell Coutts. “Today it was racing and survival,” said Barker, the Emirates skipper. “When the wind cranked in it was full on. The hard thing was not the wind speed but the big puffs which were unpredictable. We always like to win, but nice to get past Russell and take second.”

The crowds on Plymouth Hoe increased throughout the week, as the city embraced the World Series and the teams.

“Plymouth has been buzzing with excitement since you arrived,” said Councillor Vivien Pengelly. “It is estimated that over 115 000 people have lined the Hoe over the past week to see some of the most exciting racing to ever come to British waters. I have to take my hat off to all of the teams. Your skills are amazing. We’ve been thrilled to have you here.”

The America’s Cup World Series now moves on to San Diego, with the first practice races scheduled to take place beginning Saturday November 12. On Wednesday, November 16, the San Diego Match Racing Championship begins, along with television and YouTube live-streaming of the races.

America's Cup World Series in Plymouth day 9 © 2011 ACEA Gilles Martin-Raget

America's Cup World Series in Plymouth day 9 © 2011 ACEA Gilles Martin-Raget

Sunday’s Results

STANDINGS – PLYMOUTH FLEET RACING CHAMPIONSHIP
1. ORACLE Racing Spithill
2. Emirates Team New Zealand
3. ORACLE Racing Coutts
4. Aleph
5. Team Korea
6. Energy Team
7. China Team
8. Artemis Racing
8. Green Comm Racing

PLYMOUTH MATCH RACING CHAMPIONSHIP (Saturday)
1. Emirates Team New Zealand
2. Team Korea
3. Artemis Racing
4. ORACLE Racing Coutts
5. ORACLE Racing Spithill
6. Energy Team
7. Green Comm Racing
8. China Team
9. Aleph

ACWS Fleet Racing Championship
OVERALL STANDINGS
Place Team Cascais Plymouth TOTAL POINTS
Place Points Place Points
1 Emirates Team New Zealand 1 10 2 9 19
2 ORACLE Racing Spithill 3 8 1 10 18
3 ORACLE Racing Coutts 4 7 3 8 15
4 Aleph 6 5 4 7 12
5 Artemis Racing 2 9 DNF 3 12
6 Team Korea 7 4 5 6 10
7 Green Comm Racing 5 6 DNS 3 9
8 Energy Team 8 3 6 5 8
9 China Team 9 3 7 4 7
ACWS Match Racing Championship
OVERALL STANDINGS
Place Team Cascais Points Plymouth Points Total Points
1 Emirates Team New Zealand 9 10 19
2 Team Korea 7 9 16
3 Artemis Racing 8 8 16
4 ORACLE Racing Spithill 10 6 16
5 ORACLE Racing Coutts 6 7 13
6 Energy Team 5 5 10
7 Green Comm Racing 4 4 8
8 China Team 3 3 6
9 Aleph 3 3 6

Feature: Classic Sailing Schooner ATLANTIC at the Voiles de St.Tropez after busy summer

September 18, 2011

So far, Classic Sailing Schooner ATLANTIC has been reeling off some 4500 miles this season, starting in St. Tropez, she participated in the “Bailli de Suffren”, a great event, unique for the combination of racing and cruising in company whereas the latter is taken more seriously than the first. After the finish in Malta, Atlantic continued with guests to the Adriatic Sea, Italy and then Croatia, where she enjoyed the grandest sailing imaginable.

Here is an account from those on board the superyacht Atlantic.

“Some days were silky smooth sailing; on others, the wind decided it was time for Atlantic to show what she could do. In a perfect schooner beam reach she regularly topped 18 knots at times peeking at 21 knots. The two new Fishermans add another 400m² to her sail area and pull as a span of mules; sailing doesn’t get much better than this. Turning point of the cruise was Venice where the town granted Atlantic a mooring in the old town. Quite an experience!

As I write, we are anchored off the Stromboli volcano and enjoying some of mother earths amazing fireworks. All is well aboard, after a quiet week, the wind kicked back in over the past 3 days and our waiting was rewarded with some great sailing, reeling the miles off with all sails up. We will continue to sail with our guest in the southern Mediterranean and plan to make it back to Cannes on September 25th to join the feeder from Cannes to St.Tropez.

As we wind down from an extraordinary season, the plan is to be at the Voiles de St.Tropez, to join with our families and friends and enjoy some sailing in the bay before Atlantic settles in for the winter and a well-deserved rest in the Bay of Toulon.”

Classic Sailing Schooner ATLANTIC anchored off the Stromboli volcano

Classic Sailing Schooner ATLANTIC anchored off the Stromboli volcano

The 2010 Sailing yacht Atlantic is magnificent replica of the 1903 William Gardner designed three-masted sailing schooner Atlantic, owned by Ed Kastelein. The 1903 sailing schooner was a long time World record holder for the crossing of the Atlantic Ocean under sail in 1905 winning the Kaiser’s Cup from New York to The Lizard. The record held firm for almost a century, when it was broken in 1998. It is the longest standing speed record in the Yachting History.

The Owner, Ed Kastelein is the man responsible for the recreation of this wonderful new schooner Atlantic, and is also behind such projects as the sailing yacht Thendara, sailing yacht Aile Blanche, sailing yacht Borkumriff, sailing yacht Zaca a te Moana and most recently the Herreshoff racing schooner Eleonora E.

Sailing yacht Atlantic is a charter yacht. Please contact CharterWorld for more information.

Classic Sailing Schooner ATLANTIC

Year:2010   L.O.A.:56.39m (185' )  Beam:8.85m (29' ) 
Max Speed:0 knots  Cruise Speed:11 knots  Engines: 
Cabins: Charter Guest:12  Crew:12 

There are more details about Classic Sailing Schooner ATLANTIC here.

Audi MedCup 2011 – Conde de Godo of Barcelona Trophy: Day of Judgement

September 16, 2011

A big day, perhaps even the biggest yet on the 2011 Audi MedCup Circuit.

After 41 races spread over four countries, Portugal, France, Italy and Spain and wind conditions from fierce 35 knot gusts in windy Cascais at the start of the season in May, to this finale regatta in the light, sometimes capricious sea breezes at this finale Conde de Godo City of Barcelona Regatta, it all boils down to the next two days of racing for a delicately poised 52 Series title race.

Conde de Godo Barcelona Trophy, 13 09 2011 © Ian Roman - Audi MedCup

Conde de Godo Barcelona Trophy, 13 09 2011 © Ian Roman - Audi MedCup

The momentum is with Bribon. A podium in Italy, winners in Cartagena, Spain last month and leaders since yesterday at the final regatta ever for their Bribon crew, racing on the waters off their club, the Real Club Nautico de Barcelona, it is a fairytale in the making.  A late charge to clinch overall victory in the MedCup after seven years of trying since being one of the 2004-5 founding fathers of the MedFleet of TP52’s would be the perfect end Bribon’s 40 year history.

But Quantum Racing are the class act in a position to kill off the Spanish team’s dream, and they have a pedigree to match.  Don’t forget that Quantum have history too. In 2005 when the inaugural series went to the wire on the final race of the season, they were title challengers. In 2008, under skipper Terry Hutchinson, they won the title. With new skipper Ed Baird, an America’s Cup winning helm, they have lead since the start of the season. But this has always been a finely balanced season. Though Quantum Racing have always lead, the biggest their lead has been was 12 points – after winning the first regatta in Cascais. So a seven points margin going into the final two days and four races is a cushion – of sorts – in this eight boat fleet.

Two races are scheduled for today at this Conde de Godo City of Barcelona Trophy in breezes which promise to be a little stronger – up to 12kts max from west of South – which should even be a little more settled than yesterday’s split breezes which fought from different sides of the race course.

And for the Soto 40’s the title is all but Iberdrola Team’s. They need only get through today’s  racing to win, but their absolute target is to win their fourth regatta of the season – their first in the team’s home country after losing out last month to the British crew on Ngoni. Today business commitments mean owner-skipper Tony Buckingham will not be sailing and so Kevin Sproul is back on the helm. And Iberostar, Javier Banderas’ team, will be looking to follow up yesterday’s race win on their second day on the Audi MedCup Circuit.

Agustín Zulueta (ESP), Project Manager, Iberdrola Sailing Team (ESP): “We just have to start today and we´ll be the Circuit´s virtual winners. Although the main goal was to win the five-venue championship, of course, we also have another goal, and that is to win at least one of the Spanish trophies. We didn´t do that in Cartagena, so we have our chance here in Barcelona, that´s our short term goal now. We are highly motivated for those two reasons. Also, coincidentally, today´s the day when our main sponsor and its Marketing Department representatives are coming to see us, so it´s a big day. Conditions are suppose to pick just a little bit from yesterday, I really hope that we get to sail all three races”.
Ignacio Triay (ESP), Trimmer, Bribón (ESP): It´s going to be an interesting day here today. The weather conditions couled be slightly stronger than yesterday but not much different. Even when our boat has sailed really well in light conditions, we´ve also sailed very well with stronger winds. We came here after the Copa del Rey and the Cartagena victories and we were thrilled about having achieved that this season, but we have a chance to make it even bigger. We´ve already seen that the boats are keeping an eye on us, Quantum really did yesterday at the start. Yesterday we manage to reach the rest of the boats after a bad start, Ross McDonald did a great job avoiding the potholes. It´s a tight fight up there and the boats are going to watch each other carefully”.

Ignacio Triay (ESP), Trimmer, Bribón (ESP): It´s going to be an interesting day here today. The weather conditions couled be slightly stronger than yesterday but not much different. Even when our boat has sailed really well in light conditions, we´ve also sailed very well with stronger winds. We came here after the Copa del Rey and the Cartagena victories and we were thrilled about having achieved that this season, but we have a chance to make it even bigger. We´ve already seen that the boats are keeping an eye on us, Quantum really did yesterday at the start. Yesterday we manage to reach the rest of the boats after a bad start, Ross McDonald did a great job avoiding the potholes. It´s a tight fight up there and the boats are going to watch each other carefully”.

Ed Reynolds (USA) project manager Quantum Racing (USA): “I think yesterday we got the best start of the year, everything going in the right direction and it just started slowing down a bit. I saw upwind hat we sailed into a real soft spot just below the starboard layline on he second beat and that really pushed us back. We came into this and everyone said, you know what, this is going to come down to the last race and we just have to be strong. I get e-mails constantly asking ‘what happened’ and the response is just the same as always, if you make the slightest mistake these guys are on you. You have to be so fast all the time.
Our guys do have to raise their game, I am not the one saying that, they say that themselves. They feel they have absolutely earned this position, this is their series and they just have to go out there and do it. There is no other way. Think about you as a professional athlete at the top event in the world right now, I believe, coming into the last race two days of the MedCup with a chance to do something really special. If you are not up for that you should get a new day job. I think these guys are ready. They are strong. And as I have said all along I don’t think we will crack under pressure or lose it, but somebody could very well come and take it away from us.
Bribon’s is a beautiful story and we don’t want to be the ones to ruin it, but one of the things we have seen is that when it gets to light air, they have been blazing fast in the light. Even before they had this boat as a team they have always been quick in the light.”

Sailing yacht MARIETTE OF 1915 Queen of the Classics in Porto Cervo at Veteran Big Boat Rally

September 15, 2011

SAILING YACHT ELENA WINS AMONG THE BIG CLASS ASSOCIATION

The 38 metre schooner Mariette of 1915 claimed three wins in three races to be crowned victor of the Veteran Big Boat Rally 2011 in Porto Cervo. The event, organized by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda from 12th to 15th September, saw majestic sailing yachts dating back to the beginning of the last century racing off Sardinia’s Costa Smeralda. In second place overall was the 1914 gaff cutter Moonbeam IV, owned by Xavier Tancogne, while the largest of the big boat fleet, the 55 metre gaff schooner schooner Elena, took third place.

Sailing yacht Mariette of 1915 and Moonbeam IV. Credit Alessandro SpigaYCCS

Sailing yacht Mariette of 1915 and Moonbeam IV. Credit Alessandro SpigaYCCS

Mariette of 1915, named after the wife of the original owner – the American industrialist Jacob Brown, is captained by Charlie Wroe: “All the crew and the owners of Mariette have had a fantastic time. The great thing about Porto Cervo is that even when there is very little wind you can still get in some good racing. On board Mariette the teamwork was excellent and our tactician Duncan Adams and our navigator Rodney  Pattison did a very good job but a great deal of credit must also go to the boss, who drove the boat all week. We were racing with a crew of 25 and the vast majority of us have done many regattas together so the crew work was seamless.”

Yacht Club Costa Smeralda Sports Director, Edoardo Recchi: “It was a fantastic regatta, even though we had light air we were able to race on all three days. These classic boats are stunning and it was a particular honour for us to have Croce del Sud here and acting as Committee Boat today, taking the arrivals at the finish line. It was special because the boat has always belonged to the Mentasti family and Giuseppe Kerry Mentasti was one of the founding members of the YCCS.”

Today’s race was shorter than the previous two due to the light easterly breeze which just touched 6 knots. The fleet crossed the starting line off Porto Cervo, headed north to round the island of Monaci and on to finish the 10 mile course in front of the port. Today’s race saw Elena take line honours while the classification in compensated time had Mariette in the top spot ahead of Moonbeam IV and Elena.

Yacht Eleonora and Elena. Credit Alessandro Spiga YCCS

Yacht Eleonora and Elena. Credit Alessandro Spiga YCCS

The 49.5 metre schooner Eleonora took fourth place today as well as in the overall classification. Also present in Porto Cervo for the event, although not competing, were the triple-masted 1931 schooner Croce del Sud, the 1907 gaff yawl Veronique and the 1925 ketch Sylvia.

The top four classified yachts were awarded trophies during the prize giving in Piazza Azzurra. Elena was awarded a prize as the top classified yacht among the those enrolled in the Big Class Association.